A Snow Note for Texas


Howdy all! I bet a lot of you, at least my fellow Texans, are stuck in some crazy weather. Loss of power, water, heat, and icy roads is making for an interesting snow-week of February.

As we all try to keep sane, I thought I’d share some of positives to come out this. First of all, I’ve seen some amazing at home programming. Whether it be impromptu marshmallow roasting, family singalongs, cards games, or nerf gun fights, I love seeing all the fun things people have gotten up to while stuck together.

Of course there is also the beauty of the snow and ice. It’s not everyday that you can wake up and see ice encasing tree branches and snow blanketing the ground. Taking in that beauty, having snowball fights and making snow angels is something I’m happy to do despite the cold.

Finally, this crazy blip in the weather is reminding me how thankful I am for what I have. A roof over my head, food (although slowly running out), heat, love, friendship. All the things that really matter get magnified in moments like these. I’m grateful I have both the resources and people to keep me safe and sane as we wait out the freeze.

I think John Denver says it best, “A million tomorrows shall all pass away,
‘Ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.” Find your joy in this madness and hold it tight. Of course there’s anger, confusion, and boredom there too, but don’t let the joy get lost. Stay warm <3 Rachel

About the Author

Rachel Pannell

Rachel is a rare fourth generation Heart girl. Her great-grandmother was the nurse for our first summer as Heart O’ the Hills Camp, and her grandmother and great aunt were campers, as were her mother and aunt. This fall she will be at UTSA as a marketing major. Rachel is a Jo Jones girl.

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